As we settled into our new home on the UTS Blackfriars campus, the team discovered a shared desire to make space for contemplation and calm in the midst of very busy lives. And so CICcalm was born:
a room set aside for quick creative and contemplative breaks from set work routines. It has become our go-to space for individual and collective meditation
Inspiration for the current layout of CICcalm was drawn from Theresa Anderson’s ongoing installation work at overseas conferences where participants are invited to step away from more formalized, and intensive, conference activity and reflect on the value of the creative and contemplative. Through this installation work and the research activity that accompanies it, Theresa invites her audiences to engage with and envision information practices as enablers for innovation. The most recent space Theresa designed operated at the Information-Interaction-Impact (i3) conference in Aberdeen, Scotland earlier this year (Play/Pause: Celebrating creative and contemplative information practices) offering opportunities for quiet contemplation and playful engagement to conference participants and facilitating discussion within the i3community about the value of information as an enabler of creativity and innovation.
The underlying message of these spaces is in line with global conversations about the value of creative disruption and contemplation in our organisations and societies. To learn more about Theresa’s work in this area visit the Playing with Pauses website. You can also follow this project work on Twitter @